Tenth Class (2013)
Ted Corbitt, a gentle giant in the sport, was a co-founder of two major U.S. running organizations: the Road Runners Club of America (and was elected its president in 1960) and the New York Road Runners Club, and was the latter organization’s first president in 1958.
The 1954 U.S. marathon champion and 1968 national 50 mile champion was a 1952 Olympian in the marathon. Generally regarded as “the father of American Ultrarunning”, Ted also set U.S. Open and Masters ultra records during his long career, including 50 Miles and 100 Miles.
He was known to often run 20 miles a day from his home in Yonkers to his office in Manhattan, and overall, he completed 223 marathons and ultra-marathons.
Perhaps his biggest contribution to our sport – something now that we often take for granted – was the development of road course certification in the United States; or in other words, we owe accurately measured road race courses to his efforts.
On December 12, 2007, Ted Corbitt passed away at the age of 88 at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
He is also our first posthumous Hall of Champions inductee.
Nina Kuscsik was an accomplished and champion runner, but her contributions and impact went beyond competition. The 1973 USA 50K champion, who has completed 80 marathons, was the first – man or woman – to repeat as New York City Marathon champion (1972-73). In 1972, Nina was the first official Boston Marathon women’s champion.
She has been and continues to be a leading advocate for women’s participation in running and road races. In 1972, she, with Fred Lebow, helped found the women-only New York Mini 10K, and she is perhaps best known for being one of six determined women who sat down at the start of the 1972 New York City Marathon to protest the sports’ discriminatory practices towards women (she later won the women’s race!).
A long-time USA Track & Field Women’s LDR Executive Committee member and its Law & Legislation chair, Nina was also part of team that successfully petitioned the IAAF to add the women’s marathon to the 1984 Olympic Games.
Pioneer and advocate Nina Kuscsik is our 41st Hall of Champions inductee.